noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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Congestion is one reason for the recent trend of health systems opening more outpatient centers in various locations to ensure they are located in close proximity to the patient. miamiherald, "Influencers set their priorities for Florida, Floridians," 18 June 2018 Photo: Jennifer Parks/The Albany Herald Orlando Health, which has more than doubled its physician employees since 2010 to more than 550 doctors, acquired local outpatient imaging centers in late 2014. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals," 27 Dec. 2018 From there, the company continued to diversify, adding urgent-care chain MedExpress for $1.5 billion in 2015 and Surgical Care Affiliates, which runs outpatient surgery centers, for $2.3 billion last year. Zachary Tracer, Bloomberg.com, "30,000 Strong and Counting, UnitedHealth Gathers a Doctor Army," 9 Apr. 2018 That can range from range from telehealth and urgent care clinics to outpatient surgical centers. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Merger of Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care is completed," 2 Apr. 2018 The Hutch Ambulatory Surgery Center is a standalone hospital outpatient facility, accredited by the Joint Commission and held to the same standards as hospitals. Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "Readers Seek Transparency On Surgery Centers, ‘Bill Of The Month’ Investigations," 28 Mar. 2018 The new hospital will be built in close proximity to the Crystal Clinic's existing outpatient facilities, and offers easy access from the interstate for patient accessibility, Suntken said. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center plans new, $100 million hospital in Fairlawn," 26 Feb. 2018 Under that partnership, Davis became CEO of the Slidell Market, which includes Slidell Memorial Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore, and related clinics and outpatient facilities. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell Memorial Hospital leader to step down at year's end," 30 Jan. 2018 Anita and Michael pulled Mike out of school and sent him to an outpatient rehab center in New York City. Nancy Stedman, Woman's Day, "After Her Son Battled Addiction for Years, Here's How One Mother Found Healing," 19 Sep. 2017

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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